Shakers miss out on a place in the Manchester Senior Cup Final
A mixed Bury side lost to Premier League giants Manchester City on Tuesday afternoon in the Manchester Senior Cup.
Clive Platt had equalised for the Shakers to cancel out George Glendon's opener but a late wonder strike from Seko Fofana secured a place in the final for City.
Several first team players were named in the starting eleven by Ben Futcher with the likes of Clive Platt, Danny Rose, Andrew Tutte and Rob Lainton featuring against a youthful City side.
Chris Sedgwick and Chris Hussey started at centre back for the Shakers and they were tested early on by the lively Isaac Buckley. He managed to wriggle free from his marker and get a header away towards goal but it was comfortably saved by Rob Lainton.
City took the lead in controversial circumstances in the 13th minute when Lainton was adjudged to have fouled Buckley on the edge of the area despite winning the ball cleanly. City captain George Glendon stepped up to take it and placed an inch perfect free kick into the top corner for an early lead.
Buckley was a thorn in the side of the Bury defence all afternoon and tested Lainton twice in a matter of minutes. First, he was denied by a good close range save from the former Bolton goalkeeper before seeing his volley saved by Lainton at the second attempt.
As the first half came to a close Bury pushed on for an equaliser and came close to getting one shortly before half time. Danny Rose put a low cross into the box and Tosin Adarabioyo diverted the ball towards his own goal that was saved on the line by Angus Gunn, the son of former Norwich City goalkeeper Bryan Gunn.
The Shakers started the second half on top with Chris Hussey firing a shot across the face of goal before Danny Rose hit the post from Clive Platt's cutback.
Gunn was in action again as he pulled off a smart save down low to his right to deny James Poole but there was nothing he could do to prevent the equaliser in the 60th minute. Joe Thompson played a through ball for Danny Rose to run on to and his shot was parried into the path of Clive Platt, who had an easy finish from ten yards to level the scores.
Following the equaliser the Shakers pushed for a second goal and almost got one immediately. Duane Holmes lined up a free kick from thirty yards out and hit a knuckle shot that got Gunn at full stretch to tip his effort over the bar.
The Huddersfield loanee came closer to putting Bury in the lead in the 72nd minute following a dazzling run. Holmes skipped past two City defenders and was left one-on-one with Angus Gunn but his shot cannoned off the post with the City goalkeeper beaten and the danger was cleared.
From the resulting phase of play City carved a chance at the other end but were denied by an excellent piece of defending by Sam Gibson and Marcus Poscha. Substitute Thierry Ambrose skipped past the dive of Rob Lainton and squared to Aaron Nemane but his shot was blocked on the line by a combination of the two young full backs before the follow up from Ambrose had the same fate before the ball was cleared from danger.
City regained their lead in the 83rd minute from a fabulous strike from midfielder Seko Fofana. The young midfielder strode through midfield before curling an effort past the outstretched hand of Rob Lainton into the bottom corner from thirty yards out.
The Shakers found a second wind after the goal and youth team striker Anthony Dudley was denied twice by Gunn as he tried to get Bury back on level terms. Both times the City goalkeeper was on hand to deny Dudley from two close range headers and the two saves proved crucial as the final whistle followed soon after.
The result means City progress to their second Manchester Senior Cup final in as many years where they will face either Manchester United or Bolton whilst Bury can take many positives from the game with them challenging the Premier League side right up to the final whistle.